Newly appointed Luapula Province Permanent Secretary (PS) Buleti Nsemukila says it is unacceptable for Luapula to be the poorest Province in Zambia because of its abundant natural resources and a team of competent and hard working civil servants in the region.
Dr. Nsemukila said this during a Senior management meeting in Mansa.
He said Luapula has abundant water, abundant forestry resource and a cadre of skilled civil servants who were hard working and finds it difficult to accept the poorest economic ranking status of the province among all the regions in the country.
The newly appointed PS disclosed that he had only been in Office for a week but he felt as though he had been in the office for two months because of the busy schedule that he has to attend to.
He called for every civil servant in the province to make a difference in the execution of their mandates in alleviating the poverty levels in the province which he said are standing at over 90 per cent.
Dr. Nsemukila said there is a huge mismatch between the skilled human resource in the province and the poverty levels being experienced by the people.
He re-echoed his earlier assertion that the manganese grade in Chipangwa area of Senior Chief Mwewa in Samfya District is only second to Gabon manganese and must be exploited profitably to benefit the region economically.
The PS said he observed with concern at one time when he was camped at Musaila filling station when he saw five trucks and trailers laden with manganese from Chipangwa area of Samfya District destined for a named foreign country.
He also expressed concern over the illegal pilfering of Mukula logs into other foreign countries at the expense of improving the living conditions of the people.
Dr. Nsemukila said such actions are responsible for the high poverty levels in the region because Luapula’s wealth goes away from its people in raw form in broad daylight.
He called for serious policy measures to ensure that such resources are channeled to empowering the local Councils as key instruments in reducing poverty levels for the people in the Province.
The PS said the excellent rain pattern in the Province should be positively exploited in supporting agriculture and hydro power generation whose benefits should trickle down to the ordinary people in the province.
He advised that he will strengthen structures of bureaucracy in the province in order to ensure that everyone is on the same page and pulling together in unison in order to deliver to the people in the province.
Dr. Nsemukila explained that it is important to have policy guidance on issues that border on political issues because Government machinery must deliver on the promises that the politicians made to the people.
He said the PF is an important key player in the delivery of services to the people just like other political players in the province whose concerns must be managed competently in the delivery of services to the people.